Daily Archive : Friday August 17, 2012


    Geneva Book Club ladies, pictured top row from left, are Jessica Dean, Carol Loomis, Jeanne Herrick, Pat Cunningham, Rhonda Robinson, Marlene Barnes, JoAnn Cregier and Randi Hussey. Middle row, are Mary Aylward, Susan VanderVeen, Sheila Krippner, Martha Ryan and Pat Questch. Seated are Lee Shumow and Suzi Peters.

    Book club’s 40th anniversary celebrated

    The Geneva Book Club celebrates 40 years next month. Five of the 17 women in the club have been around since the club started in 1972, according to Dave Heun.

    This building at 825-35 Holbeck Drive houses offices of the Antioch Fire Department and the Antioch Rescue Squad. The rescue squad is not associated with the fire department.

    Antioch Rescue Squad in need of “dramatic changes,” state says

    An informal report by the Illinois Department of Public Health says members of the Antioch Rescue Squad have intentionally irritated patients in order to restrain them, allowed EMS technicians to work their shift only hours after excessive drinking, and did not keep tabs on medicine. The group's president said the accusations are false.


    Arguments on proposed Island Lake referendum question to be heard Aug. 27

    Arguments regarding a disputed effort to ask voters in Island Lake about an evolving village hall construction plan will be heard on Monday, Aug. 29. Resident Daniel Field claims that many of the signatures gathered in support of the question being proposed for the Nov. 6 ballot are invalid and that the question should not be allowed.

    This tomography scan shows the skull of 24-year-old construction worker Eduardo Leite pierced by a metal bar. Associated Press

    Worker survives iron bar piercing skull
    RIO DE JANEIRO — A 24-year-old construction worker survived after a 6-foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head, doctors said Friday. Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at Rio de Janeiro’s Miguel Couto Hospital, said doctors successfully withdrew the iron bar from Eduardo Leite’s skull during a five-hour surgery.


    No injuries in N. Aurora apartment fire

    Residents of a North Aurora apartment where a fire started Friday afternoon made it out safely after they unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blaze themselves, authorities said. The fire began in a second-floor bedroom just after 3 p.m. at an apartment complex on the 200 block of Linn Court.


    Man in critical condition after Gurnee crash

    A man was listed in critical condition Friday night after a rollover crash on Route 41 in Gurnee, authorities said. The unidentified victim was riding in an SUV with two other adult male occupants about 5:30 p.m. Friday on southbound Route 41 just south of Route 21 when the rollover occurred, according to the Gurnee Fire Department.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters Friday during a special legislative session to overhaul the state pension system.

    Quinn says he’ll take pension reform to the people

    Gov. Pat Quinn's weeks of calls for lawmakers to cut public pensions ended in failure for the governor, with lawmakers leaving town without a plan ready for him to sign into law. Quinn told reporters he now plans to go to the people with a "grass-roots" campaign. "We have to activate the taxpayers of Illinois," Quinn said. "To move this mountain, it's going to take a mighty effort," he said.

    Drew Peterson

    Peterson judge bars hearsay testimony about alibi

    The judge overseeing former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson's murder trial on Friday barred important hearsay testimony meant to undercut his alibi in the death of his third wife. It was the first time during the trial prosecutors have sought to enter statements from the Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, whose 2007 disappearance led authorities to reopen the investigation into the...


    Schaumburg man posts bond after ‘out of control’ party

    The 22-year-old Schaumburg man who was arrested Tuesday morning after a SWAT team broke into his apartment posted bond and was released from custody Friday. Schaumburg police say it amounted to a party gone out of control.


    Phone scam preys on seniors’ concern for family

    When 80-year-old Charles Burhop of Mount Prospect answered the phone early one morning, there was somebody on the line claiming to be his son and telling an incredible story about being arrested in Peru and needing $1,800 to get home. Burhop wisely knew the call was a scam, but not every senior does, police say.

    The Blue Angels fly in formation over the USS Constitution as she free sails off the coast of Marblehead, Mass., in celebration of her 200th birthday in 1997.

    World’s oldest commissioned warship to sail again

    The world's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides."


    Appraise that antique at Schaumburg bank
    Schaumburg Bank and Trust will host a free antique appraisal event 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 featuring three distinguished appraisers from the area, Brian Meyer, Susan Lord and Bill Milne.


    Members of new Prospect Heights Tourism Board appointed

    The Prospect Heights city council has appointed members to the city's newly-formed tourism board. Mayor Nicholas J. Helmer and City Administrator Anne Marrin will be joined by Michael Newman, Crown Plaza Hotel; Sean Patel, Comfort Inn; and Holly Allgauer, Hilton Northbrook.


    Police academy starts soon:

    The Hoffman Estates Police Department is accepting applications for its 23rd annual Citizen Police Academy, to begin Aug. 28 and running for 15 weeks.

    Alfredo Garcia

    Bolingbrook man pleads guilty to drug charges

    One of seven people arrested in a 2011 drug bust at a Glen Ellyn restaurant has been found guilty, prosecutors said Friday. Alfredo Garcia, 36, of Bolingbrook, was found guilty by a DuPage County jury on charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

    A specimen of a new family of spiders, which scientists are calling Cave Robber.

    New family of spiders found in Oregon cave

    Amateur cave explorers have found a new family of spiders in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, and scientists have dubbed them Trogloraptor — or cave robber — for its fearsome front claws.

    Associated Press/May 26, 2006 Army Lt. Gen. William E. Kip Ward is adminstered the oath of four-star General, the Army’s highest rank of general, by Command Sgt. Major Mark Ripka, right, at Fort Myer, Va.

    Report accuses general of lavish travel, spending

    The four-star general who headed U.S. Africa Command used military vehicles to shuttle his wife on shopping trips and to a spa and billed the government for a refueling stop overnight in Bermuda, where the couple stayed in a $750 suite, a Defense Department investigation has found.

    Supporters of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot walk through downtown Warsaw, Poland on Friday. A Moscow judge sentenced each of three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison.

    Obama ‘disappointed’ by Russia band verdict

    WASHINGTON — A White House spokesman says President Barack Obama is disappointed by the two-year prison sentence imposed on a punk band in Russia for protesting president Vladimir Putin.The sentence handed down to the provocative band Pussy Riot follows a trial seen around the world as an emblem of Russia’s intolerance of dissent.

    Bedrocks in the Martian soil lay exposed Friday, the result of Curiosity’s rocket stage firing its enginese. The Mars rover is preparing to aim its laser at a rock in the first test of the instrument.

    NASA rover prepares to use laser on a Martian rock

    The NASA Mars rover Curiosity is preparing for its first laser target practice — zapping a Martian rock 10 feet on Saturday.

    Syrian fighters search for survivors under the rubble of a building destroyed Friday in an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria.

    Syria fighting deeply scars Aleppo

    Entire neighborhoods of Syria's largest city bear battle scars: buildings toppled by government shells, charred tanks blown up by rebels and trash-strewn no-man's lands where neither side has full control after nearly a month of deadly street battles.

    Afghan men shout anti-Israel slogans during a protest Friday in Kabul.

    Infiltration or bad blood behind Afghan attacks?

    The U.S. military trainers handed the new recruit, Mohammad Ismail, his AK-47 to defend his remote Afghan village. He turned around and immediately used it, spraying the Americans with bullets and killing two — the latest of nine U.S. service personnel gunned down in two weeks by their supposed Afghan allies.

    The Lost Kame Marsh in McHenry County exemplifies the features of the newly authorized Hackmatack Wildlife National Refuge in McHenry County and southern Wisconsin.

    New wildlife refuge authorized in McHenry County

    The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge recently authorized by the federal government — the closet wildlife refuge yet to the Chicago urban area — will provide for the restoration of tall grass prairie and oak savanna natural habitats with up to 11,200 acres in McHenry County and southern Wisconsin to serve as a home to wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities, officials said.

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, speaks during a campaign stop Friday at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Va.

    Medicare takes campaign spotlight

    Republican Mitt Romney is embracing a topic his party usually approaches gingerly. He is taking a calculated risk that voters' worries about federal deficits and the Democrats' health care overhaul have opened the door for a robust debate on the solvency of Medicare. President Barack Obama is welcoming the conversation.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Three men were arrested in Hanover Park around 7:25 p.m. Aug. 23 at Bayside and Wildwood and charged with resisting/obstructing an officer. One also was charged with possession of fireworks.


    Tropical Storm Helene forms just off Mexican coast

    Tropical Storm Helene formed just offshore in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Friday, threatening coastal areas of eastern Mexico where thousands of people are still recovering from flooding spawned by Hurricane Ernesto.

    Cardinal George speaking at Wheaton College in 2011.

    Cardinal George has cancer a second time

    Cardinal Francis George, who survived bladder cancer six years ago, is planning a course of medical treatment after doctors found cancerous cells in his kidney and liver, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Friday. The archdiocese released a brief statement saying the 75-year-old cardinal learned the test results Friday following a procedure Wednesday at Loyola University Medical Center.


    CLC Foundation gala tickets available

    College of Lake County Foundation will host its scholarship gala, the Black and White Ball, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the historic Lehmann Mansion in Lake Villa. The gala will begin with hors d'oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, raffles and games then continue on to a gourmet dinner, followed by a live auction.


    SHS board to name new member

    The Stevenson High School board will name a new member when it convenes at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lincolknshire school's administrative office.

    Glenn A. Rodgers, 43, of Cicero was arrested and charged with one felony count of bank robbery for the July 27 robbery of the TCF Bank at 2164 Bloomingdale Road in Glendale Heights.

    Cicero man charged with Glendale Heights bank robbery

    A Cicero man has been charged in connection with a bank robbery in Glendale Heights, federal authorities said this week. Glenn A. Rodgers, 43, was arrested and charged with one felony count of bank robbery for the July 27 robbery of the TCF Bank at 2164 Bloomingdale Road.


    Prosecutors charge DNA profile in Villa Park burglary

    They don't have his name or address, but prosecutors say they've got what they need to charge John Doe with burglary: his DNA. The unnamed suspect -- identified in court records by only his genetic profile -- was indicted this week, as DuPage County prosecutors sought to get his case on the books well before the statute of limitations expires.


    DuPage reports new case of West Nile virus

    A Villa Park man in his 50s is the second confirmed human case of West Nile virus in DuPage County this year, health department officials said. Earlier this week, the health department reported the first human West Nile case for 2012 in DuPage: a female in her 50s from Downers Grove.


    Aurora man charged with money laundering

    An Aurora man has been charged with money-laundering. A statewide grand jury indictment says in 2011 and 2012, Mario Alvarez-Vargas would visit several Bank of America branches in one day, depositing thousands of dollars in each visit, in an effort to avoid having to report where the cash came from.


    Naperville group wants to put brakes on voting districts

    A group of influential Naperville residents is hoping to spark a conversation about how city council members are elected that they say should have taken place in 2010. The group, led by former Naperville Unit District 203 school board President Dean Reschke and attorney Rebecca Obarski, is leading a charge to reverse the results of a 2010 referendum question that led to the pending 2015...

    David Geary

    Wauconda administrator to leave for post with fire district

    Wauconda Village Adminstrator Dave Geary will be leavingto become business manager for the Wauconda Fire Protection District. The Wauconda native joined the department in 1977 as a volunteer and became a lieutenant before leaving for a job in Caliifornia. He returned in 2006 and was named village administrator in March 2011. He'll be taking a pay cut in the new position. "I have a special place...

    Jerry Weber

    CLC’s fall enrollment accelerates, expected to match 2011-12

    College of Lake County officials say total fall enrollment is projected to match last year's, which is an improvement from early registration numbers. Fall semester classes begin Monday at CLC's lagship Grayslake campus, along with branches in Waukegan and Vernon Hills.


    Flight diverted to Damascus and out of gas

    An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.


    East Dundee looking to help local fire district

    The East Dundee Fire Protection District will ask voters in November for permission to borrow $5.5 million for a new fire station, but it may be able to keep the price down thanks to an assist from the East Dundee village board.


    Legion post to make case for video gambling to the public

    The Sugar Grove American Legion Post is making a pitch to the public to be allowed to have video gambling, with an open house Sunday at the post.

    Shawn Kurian of Wheeling, left, and Sanu John of Skokie doing their two-man a cappella during Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

    SCGT winners get thumbs up from Brandmeier

    Basking in the spotlight ofwinning the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition, vocal beat-boxing duo Sanu John and Shawn Kurian were featured on WGN's Jonathon Brandmeier Show Friday morning. "That was awesome, man," Brandmeier said when the duo performed live.


    Chicago teachers start printing strike signs

    Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the city are continuing, but the union has started printing strike signs just in case it needs them.


    Southest Side nature preserve awarded $1 million

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will give $1 million toward restoration and conservation projects at a major open space project on Chicago's Southeast Side. The 140,000-acre Millennium Reserve project is a joint effort by state, federal and local officials to restore onetime industrial land into recreational space.

    Ousted state Rep. Derrick Smith speaks at a news conference Friday in Chicago. The West Side Democrat is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe.

    Illinois House expels Democrat Derrick Smith

    In a gesture unseen in corruption-rich Illinois for more than a century, the state House expelled one of its members Friday in the wake of a bribery allegation. The vote to relieve former Rep. Derrick Smith of his duties was 100-6. But the Chicago Democrat, who faces a federal bribery charge, remains on the November ballot and could be re-elected to the same post.


    Wheaton College suit prompts change in contraception ‘safe harbor’

    A lawsuit filed by Wheaton College caused the federal government this week to change its guidelines on how religious institutions can qualify for a year's reprieve from a health care reform requirement to cover emergency contraception. The government now is seeking to dismiss the suit, but attorneys for the college said Friday they plan to continue pursuing the challenge, filed in July seeking an...


    Archdiocese gets stake in ‘Gone With the Wind’

    A relative of the late author Margaret Mitchell is giving the Archdiocese of Atlanta a 50 percent stake in the literary rights to her best-selling novel, "Gone With the Wind."

    Kanye West in a scene from the Spike Lee documentary “Bad 25.”

    Lee to revisit Jackson’s ‘Bad’ at Toronto fest

    Music is highlighting the Toronto International Film Festival with a Michael Jackson documentary from Spike Lee and a closing-night film featuring Vanessa Redgrave as a terminally ill choir singer.


    Fox Valley police briefs
    Police say that on early Friday morning, the owner of a home in the 800 block of Dietz Street in Marengo fired a gun at a vehicle containing the men who tried to force their way into his home. Nobody was injured in the shooting. One person was arrested later.


    Elgin firefighters to see extra training opportunities

    The Elgin Fire Department received two separate grants this week for fire investigation training. A $17,387 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help send two firefighters to a state course for certification through a fire investigative school. FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial insurance companies, awarded the department another $1,200 for its training efforts.

    Roberto Gasca-Perez

    Elgin cops nab four in reverse prostitution sting

    Four men have been arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute during a sting in which off-duty Elgin cops posed as prostitutes. The sting was prompted by complaints made to Chief Jeff Swoboda.

    Nicholas Beaudoin

    More charges for Lombard man accused in 7-Eleven stabbing

    Additional charges have been filed against a Lombard man accused of stabbing two people outside a convenience store near Glen Ellyn. Nicholas Beaudoin, 23, was indicted by a DuPage County grand jury Thursday on charges of aggravated battery, armed violence, mob action and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to court records.

    Kevin Geary

    Geary says he wants to be Sugar Grove president

    Sugar Grove Trustee Kevin Geary wants to be the village's next president. He will take on President Sean Michels in the April election.

    Actor Troy Garity relishes his role as Sam Miller, who, promoted from reporter for the scrappy Sentinel last season, now runs it.

    Troy Garity clashes with the ‘Boss’ on Starz drama

    Troy Garity has identified four pillars of American life: the Government, the People, People with Money, and the Press. This theory serves him nicely on his Starz drama series "Boss," where Garity plays a crusading newspaper editor who locks horns with the towering title character, Chicago Mayor Tom Kane. "I'm actually doing the right thing, but I'm vilified by the audience because I'm trying to...

    West Chicago Park District will ask voters permission on Nov. 6 to raise taxes to build a $15 million community recreation center in Reed-Keppler Park.

    West Chicago Park District puts rec center on ballot

    West Chicago Park District will ask residents in November for permission to borrow $15 million to build a 65,000-square foot recreation center in Reed-Keppler Park, following a failed effort this spring to build a larger facility. If residents approve, property taxes for the owner of a $250,000 home would increase by about $65 per year. "People see we listened and responded in a positive way,"...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Robert A. Laubach, 30, and Jamie Koreen Laubach, 29, both of the 100 block of Wallace Avenue in Crystal Lake, were arrested Aug. 11 and later charged with several offenses, according to a police report. Officers arrived at an establishment on the 300 block of West Main Street, St. Charles, to a report of a disturbance. Robert Laubach was subsequently charged with aggravated battery to a police...


    West Chicago park commissioner resigns for possible mayoral bid

    West Chicago Park District Commissioner Bill Spelman resigned this week to focus on a possible run for mayor. Spelman said Friday he is "considering other political aspirations" and has been "having family discussions left and right" as he contemplates a challenge to Ruben Pineda, who was appointed acting mayor in May following the death of longtime Mayor Michael Kwasman. "I'm leaving with no...


    Naperville dog walker accused of stealing from clients

    A Naperville woman has been charged with stealing more than $13,000 from clients while working as a dog walker. Catherine A. Lippencott, 40, worked with a temporary agency as a dog walker when she allegedly stole $12,780 from one client since December of 2008, Naperville police Sgt. Gregg Bell said.


    Two McHenry County beaches closed

    McHenry County Department of health has closed two beaches because of elevated levels of bacteria.

    Curt Misavage talks with Nia Williams, 14, while they organize the maintenance room at Outreach Community Ministries in Carol Stream. Misavage is the Facilities Manager and Youth Employment and Education Program mentor at Outreach Community Ministries in Carol Stream.

    Moving Picture: Leading area kids down road to success

    Curt Misavage, Facilities Manager and Youth Employment and Education Program mentor at Outreach Community Ministries in Carol Stream, works with 14 and 15-year-old students on gaining valuable experience and skills. “Very few have had a drill, screwdriver, hammer, they just haven’t had that setting in their life. It’s been pretty rewarding to introduce them to the basics, and...

    Afsare, right, returns to his barn after working out on the track Thursday morning in preparation for the Arlington Million.

    Full day of fun planned for 30th Arlington Million

    What organizers call "Chicago's Kentucky Derby" — the 30th running of The Arlington Million — will bring fans, horses and jockeys from around the world to Arlington Park Racetrack on Saturday. "The Million is a big shining star at Arlington Park," said Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder.

    Betty White and her dog Pontiac. The Hollywood icon will attend a fundraiser in Hinsdale this weekend for BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center.

    Funny lady Betty White is serious about her love for animals

    Betty White is a serious animal lover who is flying from her home in California to Hinsdale this weekend to lend a celebrity face to a fundraiser for BraveHearts, a therapeutic horse riding not-for-profit group with stables in Poplar Grove and Harvard.Though she's 90, she's still sharp and humble and gracious. And, of course, funny.


    Dist. 211 presents balanced budget

    The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education approved a tentative $272.6 million budget for the 2012-13 school year Thursday night. The budget, which includes an increase in debt reduction, the issuance of $16 million in bonds for life safety work and $2.3 million on two big capital projects, is up about 8 percent from the 2011-12 budget, but is balanced, officials say.

    The Ansel B. Cook home, a focal point in downtown Libertyville, received an exterior makeover through the efforts of two residents. They raised funds and secured donations of material and equipment for the seven-week project.

    Cook House sports new, fresh look in Libertyville

    After seven weeks, a facelift of the historic Ansel B. Cook home in downtown Libertyville is complete. Repairs were made, rotted wood replaced and new paint applied to the village-owned local landmark. "They did some repairs that will ensure the longevity of the Cook house for generations to come. It's not just cosmetic," said Jim Moran, a village trustee and vice president of the historical...

    Chinese President Hu Jintao, right, Premier Wen Jiabao, left, and Vice President Xi Jinping, center, clap as they arrive for a conference to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Youth League at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The world’s two biggest economies are entering the final stages of political campaigns to pick their national leaders. While American candidates wage loud, rah-rah campaigns with a clear timetable as they head toward the Nov. 6 presidential election, China hasn’t even announced the date for this fall’s Communist Party congress that will appoint the next top leader to replace outgoing Hu Jintao — a post widely expected to go to Vice President Xi Jinping.

    China, U.S. political campaigns show stark contrasts

    The world's two biggest economies are entering the final stages of political campaigns to pick their national leaders. But that's where similarities in the politics of the United States and China end. While American candidates wage loud, rah-rah campaigns with a clear timetable as they head toward the Nov. 6 presidential election, China hasn't even announced the date for this fall's Communist...

    In this picture taken Tuesday July 17, 2012, Tuareg and Peul nomads gather at the market to trade livestock in Bermo, Niger, 200 kms (125 miles) north of Maradi. This is a region where it is in livestock that a man settles disputes, pays the dowry for his future bride and leaves inheritance to his sons. For generations, nomads have lived in a precarious equilibrium with the sky above them. When the first rains come, they head north toward the Sahara desert, where the grass is said to be saltier, packed with minerals. They time their movements according to the clouds, waiting for the second major downpour, before making a U-turn to head back to the greener south.

    Sale of Niger nomad’s last camel is sign of hunger

    SAKABAL, Niger — In a part of the world where the worth of a man is measured by his animals, Tuareg nomad Soumaila Wantala has come to this market to do the unthinkable: Sell his last camel.

    Imagine the potential treasures inside the stolen iPad of the late Steve Jobs, secret corporate documents, personal correspondence and maybe even game prototypes. Professional entertainer Kenny the Clown, who unwittingly received the stolen tablet after the Apple co-founder’s Palo Alto home was burglarized last month, says he never examined the touch-screen device’s contents.

    Kenny the Clown had late Steve Jobs’ stolen iPad

    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Imagine the potential treasures inside the stolen iPad of the late Steve Jobs: Secret corporate documents, personal correspondence and maybe even game prototypes.

    A woman holds a placard as she protests against the police shooting of miners Thursday at the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Police chief Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega says 34 miners died and another 78 were wounded when police opened fire on strikers in one of the worst police shootings in South Africa since apartheid.

    South Africa police kill 34 miners, wound 78

    Frantic wives searched for missing loved ones, President Jacob Zuma rushed home from a regional summit and some miners vowed a fight to the death Friday as police finally announced the toll from the previous day’s shooting by officers of striking platinum miners: 34 dead and 78 wounded.

    Demonstrators with painted faces chant slogans in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot whose members were found guilty of hooliganism connected to religious hatred after a March guerrilla performance in Moscow’s main cathedral calling for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia against Vladimir Putin.

    Punk band members get 2 years in prison for stunt against Putin

    MOSCOW — A Moscow judge has sentenced each of three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison on hooliganism charges following a trial that has drawn international outrage.Friday’s sentence comes amid a wave of protests around the world in support of the feminist rockers.

    Bryant Sivess, operations manager at Dallas Executive Airport, helps hold up a map of Dallas County that highlights the areas that were planned to be sprayed by air Thursday night to curb the spread of mosquitoes, during a news conference Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2012, at the Dallas airport. For the first time in more than 45 years, the city and county dropped insecticide from the air to combat the nation’s worst outbreak of West Nile virus, which has killed 10 people and caused at least 200 others to fall ill.

    To fight West Nile, Dallas launches aerial defense

    The last time Dallas used aerial spraying to curb the mosquito population, Texas' Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, Mission Control in Houston was launching Gemini missions and encephalitis was blamed for more than a dozen deaths. But for the first time in more than 45 years, Dallas County has launched an aerial assault on the flying pests. Aircraft took off at 10 p.m. Thursday to spray...

    Tracy Summers of Toledo, Wash. monitors the scene above Hidden Valley Ranch where fire crews worked to halt progression of the Taylor Bridge Fire on Thursday, August 16, 2012 near Cle Elum, Wash. The Taylor Bridge Fire has forced hundreds to evacuate and has burned dozens of homes near Cle Elum, Wash.

    Officials keep eye on weather as wildfires burn

    YAKIMA, Wash. — Crews in central Washington, rural Idaho and Southern California made gains on several wildfires, allowing some evacuees to return home and protecting two vacation towns from a massive encroaching blaze.

    Paul Corby at the Pottsville Free Public Library in Pottsville, Pa. Karen Corby, whose autistic adult son was denied a heart transplant, is using an online petition to gather support in a bid to convince a hospital to reconsider.

    Mom seeks heart transplant for autistic son

    PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration.

    British police officers stand guard outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in central London, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 after Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced that he had granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He’s won asylum in Ecuador, but Julian Assange is no closer to getting there.

    Stalemate: Assange still stuck in embassy

    LONDON — The furor over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s future entered stalemate mode Friday as he remained holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy, his home for nearly two months, following an extraordinary display of brinkmanship between Britain and the South American country.


    Ann Romney says MS flare-up gave a ‘real scare’

    WASHINGTON — Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, had a “real scare” from a “little bitty” flare-up of her multiple sclerosis during the spring, the result of the stress and strain of her husband’s political campaign.“It was just a reminder that I can’t keep up the pace,” she said Thursday on NBC’s “Rock Center.”

    Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, center, waves before flying by plane to the Ecuadorean city of Loja at the airport in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. Ecuador would grant asylum to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.

    Ecuador leader seeks moral halo in Assange asylum fight

    LIMA, Peru — An economist schooled in the United States and Belgium, Rafael Correa was judged among the more cerebral of Latin America’s new breed of leftist leaders well before Julian Assange strolled into his country’s London embassy and gave Ecuador’s president a chance to seize the global spotlight.


    Air France: Out of gas? Ask passengers to pitch in
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$PARIS — An emergency layover in Syria’s capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Davenport, Iowa, during a three day campaign bus tour through Iowa.

    Obama campaign offers Romney 5-year tax disclosure

    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Barack Obama’s re-election campaign kept up pressure against Republican rival Mitt Romney on two fronts Friday, launching a new ad defending the president’s record on Medicare while challenging Romney to release at least five years of tax returns.


    Pakistan: Bomb hits bus carrying Shiites, 1 killed

    KARACHI, Pakistan — A bomb hit a bus carrying Shiite Muslims students in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Friday, killing one person in what appeared to be the latest attack in a rising wave of sectarian violence in the country, a government official said.The attack came a day after Taliban gunmen in northern Pakistan forced 20 Shiites off buses, lined them up and killed them.

    A Pakistani Taliban militant holds a rocket-propelled grenade at the Taliban stronghold of Shawal, in Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. The Pakistani Taliban’s brazen attack on a major air force base near the capital underscores the need for the Pakistani army’s planned offensive against the group in its last major sanctuary along the Afghan border.

    Attack shows need for Pakistani Taliban offensive

    ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani Taliban’s brazen attack on a major air force base near the capital underscores the need for the Pakistani army’s planned offensive against the group in its last major sanctuary along the Afghan border.


    Another Afghan police attack kills 2 U.S. troops

    A newly recruited Afghan village policeman opened fire on his American allies on Friday, killing two U.S. service members minutes after they handed him his official weapon in an inauguration ceremony. It was the latest in a disturbing string of attacks by Afghan security forces on the international troops training them.

    Abbey Ross, 4, is among 200 people building strength and confidence through horseback riding programs offered by BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center. The center's fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 18, features an appearance by actress and animal lover Betty White.

    Therapeutic riding program fundraiser gets Hollywood star power

    Four-year-old Abbey Ross has a mild form of cerebral palsy, but recently took her first steps — a feat her mother credits to the strength she's developed horseback riding at BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center. Abbey is one of 200 people who benefit weekly from BraveHearts programs.

    Illinois Comptroller honors Fremd High School student Joe Brottman for the work he does through Taps Brigade, an organization he founded.

    Topinka honors Palatine’s Taps Brigade at Illinois State Fair

    A Palatine organization dedicated to performing military funeral honors for veterans and fallen soldiers received a salute of its own this week. Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka honored Taps Brigade, whose main focus is to play taps. Fremd High School student Joe Brottman founded the group three years ago.

    Union members, supporters and labor leaders boo Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in protest Wednesday, saying he is betraying the Democratic Party's tradition of supporting working men and women, at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

    Pension showdown looms today — or does it?

    The future of teachers' and state workers' retirements is at stake today. State lawmakers are set to meet in Springfield to debate how — or if — to cut back on Illinois government pensions. It's a complex issue that could hit home for suburban taxpayers — even those who don't have pensions. But it's a war that's been waged all year long, so some critics don't think much will get...

    Clint Carter fillets a silver Asian carp, an invasive species that poses a threat to native fish in Illinois waterways, at Carter’s Fish Market in Springfield.

    Asian carp have clean taste, bad image

    Almost nobody in Illinois wants to eat Asian carp."There's no market for them. I've had one or two people ask for them," said Clint Carter, co-owner of Carter's Fish Market, 1900 South Grand Ave. E. That's too bad because the few people brave enough to taste the pearly white flesh - punctuated by many bones -- say it tastes like cod or tilapia.


    IU planning to start new global studies school

    Indiana University is planning to start up a new School of Global and International Studies aimed at putting more emphasis on many existing international programs.


    Indiana fair victims could get rules for getting $6M soon

    Attorney General Greg Zoeller (ZEHL'-ur) is expected to let victims of last year's Indiana State Fair stage collapse know soon how they can get shares of the $6 million that lawmakers approved for them earlier this year.


    Midway worker charged with stealing copper wire

    A worker at Chicago's Midway Airport has been charged with stealing copper runway wire.The Cook County State's Attorney's Office says David Coates was charged with one count of theft and faces up to five years in prison if found guilty.


    Sikh temple member killed in apparent robbery

    Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin are dealing with another tragic loss, nearly two weeks after a gunman killed six people at their place of worship in Oak Creek.


    Wisconsin driver could be charged in fatal car surfing

    The St. Paul, Minn. man behind the wheel in a car surfing accident that killed one of his best friends is expected to be criminally charged in Wisconsin. The 21-year-old driver has posted bond after his arrest in Burnett County on a possible charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He's due in court Wednesday.


    Wisconsin has highest rate of whooping cough

    Wisconsin has the nation's highest rate of whooping cough cases, as the U.S. appears headed for its worst year for the disease in more than five decades.

    Fans celebrate during a previous Arlington Million.

    Arlington Million pulls younger crowd with parties

    Organizers behind Saturday's 30th running of the Arlington Million are trying to market the age-old sport to a younger crowd, with two new party options available: a VIP nightclub and the Party Zone. "This is an entertainment destination, not just horses running around the circle," said Alyssa Ali, racing reporter for Arlington Park. "We want them to enjoy the sport, but find something else to...


    Dawn Patrol: Winfield police debate; Cary man in murder-for-hire

    Winfield trustees ponder alternatives to disbanding the village's police department. A Cary man admits a murder-for-hire plot. Five minors and an adult were arrested in a Schaumburg standoff with 19 people. Start thinking about White Sox playoff baseball.

    This photo is of my two daughters watching the sunset in Yosemite this year.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 13th.

    Aerobic exercises, such as riding vigorously on a stationary bike, benefit your heart.

    Poll Vault: How often do you work out?

    The American Heart Association suggests at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week, of moderate exercise. Do you get that much? How often and where do you work out?

    A Marine color guard appears with the Arlington Million trophy.

    Images: Arlington Million Through The Years
    Images from the first thirty years of the Arlington Million horse race at Arlington Park. From the Miracle Million just one month after a devastating 1985 fire to the hat contests in recent years, here is a portrait of the Arlington Million race day.


    Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario throws too late to get the Marlins’ John Buck at second base on a Wade LeBlanc bunt during the second inning Friday in Denver.

    Marlins dispatch Rockies 6-5

    Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton homered, Wade LeBlanc won for the first time as a starter and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Friday night.

    The Athletics’ Josh Donaldson swings for an RBI single off Cleveland’s Vinnie Pestano in the eighth inning Friday in Oakland, Calif.

    Donaldson’s 4th hit lifts A’s over Indians 6-4

    Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied from four runs down to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Friday night.

    The Cardinals’ Justin Bethel leaps over Oakland’s Lonyae Miller and into the end zone for a touchdown after blocking a punt Friday in a preseason game in Glendale, Ariz.

    Cardinals beat Raiders 31-27 in preseason game

    John Skelton made a brief appearance in his battle with Kevin Kolb for Arizona's starting quarterback job, just long enough to throw the first touchdown pass for either player this preseason. Skelton's 3-yard toss to a wide open Anthony Sherman was part of a 17-point second quarter by Arizona, and the Cardinals beat the Oakland Raiders 31-27 on Friday night.


    Another chance to make amends for Bears

    :It shouldn't be difficult for the Bears to show major improvement Saturday night in the second preseason game. "We didn't play as well as we needed to last time," Bears coach Lovie Smith admitted. "So we're anxious to play a good Washington team that got a win last week." Bears starters will play more this week, some at least until halftime, after most made only cameo appearances in the opener.

    Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton connects on a two-run single against the Angels in the fourth inning Friday in Anaheim, Calif.

    Rays rough up Weaver in 12-3 win over Angels

    B.J. Upton went 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs, Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina also homered and the Tampa Bay Rays battered Jered Weaver for a career-worst nine earned runs in a 12-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain gave up one run on four hits Friday night in San Diego to earn his 12th win.

    Cain dominates Padres in Giants’ 10-1 win

    SAN DIEGO — Matt Cain pitched eight dominating innings and the San Francisco Giants scored eight runs in the third inning to move into first place in the NL West with a 10-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.Cain (12-5), who pitched a perfect game on June 13, surrendered one run on four hits. The right-hander didn’t allow his first hit until Yonder Alonso’s one-out double in the fifth. Alonso scored one out later on Everth Cabrera’s single.Cain, 6-0 in nine starts following a San Francisco loss, struck out six and did not walk a batter. The Giants moved one-half game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 4-3 in 11 innings at Atlanta.Marco Scutaro homered and drove in two runs and Angel Pagan had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Giants’ 15-hit attack. All nine San Francisco starters had at least one hit.San Francisco played its second game since outfielder Melky Cabrera, was suspended on Wednesday for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone.Scutaro hit a solo homer in the first inning before San Francisco’s season-high scoring output in the third off Ross Ohlendorf (4-4) and reliever Nick Mikolas.The Giants eight runs came on eight hits including two doubles and a triple two walks and a passed ball as they sent 13 batters to the plate.Pagan had an RBI triple and a run-scoring single in the inning. Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, Gregor Blanco and Cain all had RBI singles and Hunter Spence drove in a run with a double.Ohlendorf gave up a leadoff double in the inning before getting an out. He then allowed the next six batters to reach safely before getting pulled for Mikolas.Ohlendorf allowed a career-high eight runs on six hits in 2 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who gave up seven runs in three innings of Sunday’s 11-5 loss at Pittsburgh, saw his ERA rise from 6.41 to 7.58.San Francisco has won 18 of the last 24 meetings with the Padres.San Diego, outscored 18-1 while losing the final three of a four-game series at Atlanta that ended on Wednesday, had its four-game home winning streak snapped. The Padres had won 10 of 12 at home. NOTES: In Ohlendorf’s last start, Pittsburgh scored nine runs in the fourth inning, six off against Ohlendorf. . San Francisco has won 10 of its last 14 road games since the All-Star break, outscoring its opponents by a 103-45 margin. . The Giants recalled OF Justin Christian and RHP Eric Hacker from Triple-A Fresno on Friday. RHP Dan Otero was optioned to Fresno. . San Diego activated rookie C Yasmani Grandal (strained right oblique) from the 15-day DL. C Nick Hundley (bruised right knee) was placed on the 15-day DL. . Giants LHP Barry Zito (9-8, 4.29 ERA) faces off against Padres LHP Eric Stults (3-2, 2.45) on Saturday night.

    The Mariners’ Trayvon Robinson comes around to score against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning Friday in Seattle.

    Mariners top Twins 5-3

    John Jaso and Miguel Olivo homered, and Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven strong innings to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Friday night.

    Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson scores a second-quarter touchdown after getting past Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs Cody Grimm (35) and Ahmad Black (43) during a preseason game Friday in Tampa, Fla.

    Johnson TDs carry Titans to 30-7 win over Bucs

    Chris Johnson ran for two touchdowns and Rob Bironas kicked three field goals as the Titans capitalized on some early turnovers to earn a 30-7 preseason victory over the Buccaneers on Friday night.

    Quarterback Cam Newton led the Panthers to two touchdowns and a field goal in his three possessions Friday night against Miami in preseason action in Charlotte, N.C.

    Newton outplays Tannehill in Panthers’ 23-17 win over Dolphins

    Cam Newton led Carolina's high-powered offense to 17 first-quarter points and outplayed rookie Ryan Tannehill on Friday night as the Panthers defeated the Miami Dolphins 23-17 in a preseason game.

    Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns in four possessions Friday night at home in preseason action against Baltimore.

    Stafford leads Lions to 27-12 win over Ravens

    Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson appeared in midseason form against a Baltimore Ravens defense still in preseason mode Friday night.

    Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder leaves the ground as he follows through on a pass in the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday against the Buffalo Bills Friday in Minneapolis.

    Ponder thrives for Vikings in 36-14 win over Bills

    Christian Ponder threw a first-quarter touchdown pass in a sharp three-possession appearance and the Vikings breezed to a 36-14 victory Friday night over the Buffalo Bills, who saw a decent performance from backup quarterback candidate Vince Young but not much else.

    Jaguars wide receiver Kevin Elliott pulls in the game-winning touchdown pass over Saints defensive back Cord Parks on Friday night in preseason action in New Orleans.

    Jaguars edge Saints 27-24

    Jordan Palmer hit Kevin Elliott with an 11-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 13 seconds left, lifting Jacksonville to a 27-24 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints.

    Atlanta pinch hitter Juan Francisco, center, celebrates with teammates after driving in the game-winning run in the 11th inning Friday night at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Francisco’s single gives Braves 4-3 win over L.A.

    Pinch-hitter Juan Francisco won it with a two-out single in the 11th inning, giving the Braves their fourth straight win, 4-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

    The Yankees’ Derek Jeter hits a solo home run off Boston’s Franklin Morales in the fifth inning Friday in New York.

    Jeter hits 250th HR in Yanks’ 6-4 victory over Red Sox

    Derek Jeter hit a game-tying drive in the fifth inning, one of five solo home runs by the Yankees that backed Phil Hughes in Friday night's lightning-filled 6-4 victory.

    Milwaukee starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo struck out nine Friday at home against Philadelphia.

    Gallardo wins fourth straight start for Brewers

    Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 32nd home run, and Yovani Gallardo (12-8) gave up one earned run, four hits and two walks in seven innings in the Brewers' 6-2 victory over Philadelphia.

    Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley struck out five and walked none Friday in Houston for his first win since July 31.

    Diamondbacks down Astros 3-1

    Wade Miley pitched six solid innings and drove in a run to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

    Detroit’s Prince Fielder rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning Friday at home against Baltimore.

    Fielder’s 2 HRs help Tigers beat Orioles 5-3

    Prince Fielder slammed a 462-foot deep drive to right-center and a soaring shot over the right-field wall to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

    The Nationals’ Michael Morse tosses his bat as he runs to first base on a grand slam during the fourth inning Friday at home against the Mets.

    Morse slams Santana to lift Nats over Mets 6-4

    Michael Morse hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper also homered and the Washington Nationals became the latest team to tag a struggling Johan Santana in their 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.

    The Blue Jays’ Kelly Johnson, right, congratulates teammate Edwin Encarnacion for hitting a two-run home run off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish on Friday in Toronto.

    Encarnacion homers to lead Jays over Rangers

    Yu Darvish paid a high price for making one bad pitch to Toronto's top hitter. Edwin Encarnacion hit his 31st home run, J.A. Happ won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Darvish and the Rangers 3-2 Friday night, handing Texas its fourth loss in five games.

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez tags out the Cardinals’ Allen Craig, who was trying to steal third base in the fourth inning Friday in St. Louis.

    Pirates edge Cardinals 2-1

    James McDonald halted a string of ineffective starts with six innings of two-hit ball, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Friday night in a matchup of NL Central playoff contenders.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Bing Singhsumalee approaches the green, during the Vern McGonagle Memorial High School Golf Championship, held at the Naperville Country Club.

    Scouting DuPage County girls golf

    Scouting the girls golf season for DuPage County high schools.


    St. Leger Stakes presents challenge

    There's a new race in the lineup for Saturday's International Festival of Racing. And 10 horses will line up to challenging the one mile and 11/16ths turf distance of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes.


    Boomers walk to 5-2 win

    The Schaumburg Boomers drew a franchise-record 11 walks and rode the arm of Alex Rivers to claim the first game of a weekend series with the Road Warriors 5-2 Friday night at Boomers Stadium. With the victory and losses by the Windy City ThunderBolts and division-leading Gateway Grizlles, the Boomers (47-35) sit 1 game back in the West Division standings with 14 games remaining.


    Cougars fall 2-1 in 10 innings

    Neither club scored until the 10th inning Friday night, when the visiting Clinton LumberKings were able to get past the Kane County Cougars 2-1 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Clinton didn't waste any time getting the first hit of the night as Patrick Brady started the game with a single off Tim Melville.

    Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle celebrates his 300th win in the locker room with his team in December, 2003.

    Hinkle announces final season at Jacobs

    The basketball court served as refuge for Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle for 38 seasons, in good times and bad times. Particularly the bad times. Hinkle's late wife, Barb, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2003. She passed away at a downstate nursing home in 2010 at the age of 58. Through Barb's final, trying years, Hinkle took solace in continuing to coach the sport he loved. "Barb used to always say basketball was my mistress," the 70-year old Hinkle said. "Well, after she got so sick I only had one love left. I needed basketball. I really needed it. I really clung to it then. "Maybe I just don't need it anymore. Maybe I'm kind of past it finally." Hinkle submitted his letter of resignation to District 300 superintendent Michael Bregy in person Friday, effective at the end of the upcoming 2012-13 season.

    Former Rush defensive lineman Derek Walker (90) was signed by the Bears last week and is expected to play today against the Washington Redskins.

    Former Illini, Rush lineman ready for Bears debut

    Former Glenbard East, University of Illinois and Chicago Rush defensive lineman Derek Walker will begin his NFL comeback Saturday in the Bears preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

    Willcox Inn exits the track after completing a morning workout Friday on the eve of the Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

    Arlington Million: Will No. 7 be lucky for Willcox Inn?

    Million owner Al Lepinski mentioned a number to his nephews. "I told them that getting post No. 7 would be a good thing because their grandfather's favorite color for turf racing was orange," Lepinski said. Orange is the color for the No. 7 saddle cloth. Sure enough, guess who drew the No. 7 post?

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) is taken from the game by manager Robin Ventura during the seventh inning Friday against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City,

    Royals rally, Sale takes loss for Sox

    Salvador Perez hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two out in the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 4-2 on Friday night. Paul Konerko hit a solo drive for Chicago after being activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list. It was Konerko's first game since he was struck by a Jarrod Dyson elbow while covering first base on Aug. 7 against the Royals.

    Cubs starter Travis Wood bites his glove as he walks off the field at the end of the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in Cincinnati.

    Reds relievers shut down Cubs

    Bronson Arroyo survived a shaky startand the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cubs 7-3 on Friday night in the opener of a four-game weekend series.

    Huntley’s Gabby Young leads an experienced group of Red Raiders back to the links this season.

    Huntley looking to take that next step

    Huntley girls golf coach Ann Christiansen has worked long and hard to establish her program on solid footing. "It's taken a long time to build the team up," she said. "Now we have some pretty consistent players." Christiansen now is reaping the benefits of her foundation building as her Red Raiders are coming off a third-place Fox Valley Conference finish a year ago and return a number of key players from that team. Seniors Gabby Young, Lauren Gorecki and Danielle Smith are back as are junior Zoe Dowell and sophomore Jillian Young. Freshman newcomer Lexi Lowitzki also will help. "It will be hard when these seniors leave us," said Christiansen. "They have been with us for four years."

    Derrick Rose is planning to share his rehabilitation experience with fans. Rose and Adidas are collaborating on a Web documentary that follows the 2011 MVP as he works to recover from a torn ACL in his left knee. The trailer is available now and YouTube, with the opening episode promised next week.

    Rose’s rehab will be chronicled in Web documentary

    Derrick Rose's recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee will be the subject of a Web documentary sponsored by Adidas. The series promises to give a behind-the-scenes look at Rose's rehab process with the first episode due next week on Adidas basketball's Facebook page.

    Libertyville’s Camilla Ou puts a little body language into her putt during regional action last season at Lake Bluff Golf Club.

    Scouting Lake County girls golf

    Here's a look at what to expect from the high school girls golf teams of Lake County this fall.

    St. Charles North coach Chris Patrick has high praise for senior Ariana Furrie, pictured above, saying his No. 1 golfer has a chance to finish as one of the best players ever to tee it up for the North Stars.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls golf teams

    The beginning of another school year ushers in yet another season of unbridled optimism and excitement as the local girls golf teams begin their second week of competition. Three of the local programs—St. Charles East, St. Charles North and West Aurora — return multiple members of sectional-qualifying squads from the Class AA state series last fall. But the attrition rate at the two area sectionals was quite punitive: only St. Charles senior standouts Furrie — top 15 — and Jordan, a supremely athletic player in the mold of former Saints' greats Raechel Edwards and Jenny Neimec, return with state experience.


    Scouting boys golf / Northwest
    A preview of the boys golf high school season for the Mid-Suburban League, Maine West and Leyden.

    St. Viator boys golf coach Jack Halpin gives junior Robert Renner some insight before he tees off at the Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect.

    Renner making St. Viator happy

    St. Viator hockey star Robert Renner is also having some serious success on the golf course. Renner hopes to help Viator continue to its strong tradition and make an impact in the postseason.

    FILE - This Oct. 8, 2011 file photo shows Penn State president Graham Spanier, left, and head football coach Joe Paterno before a college football game against Iowa in State College, Pa. Attorneys for Penn State's ousted president are planning a news conference to rebut what they view as inaccuracies in a school-sanctioned report that concluded he concealed child sex-abuse allegations. Graham Spanier's lawyer tells The Associated Press that the legal team will meet with reporters in Philadelphia early next week. Peter Vaira says there are many errors in the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

    Family pushed Paterno to read Sandusky report

    Joe Paterno had to be prodded by his family to read the grand jury report regarding Jerry Sandusky and did not understand some of its graphic terminology, according to a new book.


    Fire scouting report
    New England Revolution at Chicago FireWhen: 7:30 p.m. at Toyota ParkTV: NBC Nonstop (Channel 5.2)Scouting the New England Revolution: It’s a new-look Revolution (6-12-5, 23 points) without just-traded midfielder Shalrie Joseph. The Revs are winless in their last six matches with just 2 goals scored. Still, forward Saer Sene has proven dangerous this season with 9 goals.Scouting the Fire: The Fire (11-7-5, 38 points) will be without its captain, Logan Pause, for several weeks due to broken ribs and pneumothorax. The team has no shortage of leaders without him, starting with Pavel Pardo and Arne Friedrich. The club is starting to pick up the pace offensively.Next: D.C. United at RFK Stadium, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday— Orrin Schwarz

    Jimmy Walker lines up a putt on the ninth green during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Walker shoots 62, takes 1-shot lead at Wyndham

    Jimmy Walker shot an 8-under 62 on Friday to top the leaderboard at 12 under in the Wyndham Championship.Defending champion Webb Simpson was a stroke back after a 63, and first-round leader Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark, Sergio Garcia and rookie Harris English were 10 under. Pettersson had a 68, Clark shot 67, Garcia 63 and English 64.

    Mark Martin poses with the pole award flag after qualifications for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

    Martin wins pole at MIS, his 4th of season

    Mark Martin posted the top qualifying speed Friday of 199.706 mph on Michigan International Speedway's still-new surface. It was the fourth pole of the year for the 53-year-old Martin, who is making only his 15th Cup start this season. He entered only two of the previous seven races on the circuit but showed no sign of rust.


    Sky’s Fowles, Cash share some Olympic stories

    Women's Watch columnist Patricia Babcock McGraw provies some interesting tales from the London Olympics, courtesy of Sky stars Sylvia Fowles and Swin Cash.

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o models the new uniforms Thursday during media day in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame will wear the new uniforms Oct. 6 in their game with Miami at Soldier Field.

    Notre Dame’s unveils uniform for Miami game

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame fans going to see the football team at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Fighting Irish play Miami in October may not recognize the home team. The Irish will wear a special uniform for the neutral-site home game. The jerseys have metallic numbers that say IRISH on the front. The gold pants have a blue stripe on the left side with a leprechaun on it. The helmet is gold on the top and the right side and blue on the left with a leprechaun.The South Bend Tribune reports the unveiling of the uniforms Thursday led to extreme reactions on Twitter and fan message boards. One person posted: “WE ARE! MD!” referring to the uniforms the Terrapins wore last year patterned after that state’s flag.

    Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the Tigers, according to a television report. Fox 8 reports that Mathieu’s adoptive father, Tryone Mathieu, says that the 20-year-old star cornerback and punt returner known as the “Honey Badger” has been at the Right Step recovery center and is being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas.

    Report: Former LSU star Mathieu in rehab

    Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the Tigers, according to a television report. Fox 8 reports that Mathieu's adoptive father, Tryone Mathieu, says that the 20-year-old star cornerback and punt returner known as the "Honey Badger" has been at the Right Step recovery center and is being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas.


    US cycling body sides with Armstrong against USADA

    The American governing body for cycling says it must accept the jurisdiction of the sport's international federation and side against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in the court fight to determine which has group has jurisdiction over the Lance Armstrong doping case.

    Longtime horseman Danny Miller, trainer for Romacaca, times his horse with his cellphone as horses work out on the track early Thursday morning in preparation for the big races Saturday at Arlington Park. Romacaca is racing in the Beverly D. stakes race for fillies and mares, which will be followed by the 30th running of the Arlington Million.

    Will it be Miller’s time for big win in Beverly D?

    For Danny Miller, it's all about time. Time as in maybe it's finally time for the low-key trainer to hit it big with the Frank Calabrese-owned Romacaca in Saturday's running of the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., a victory that would be by far the biggest of Miller's long career. But also time as in the every moment is precious kind of time, because for the 59-year-old Palatine resident, it really is. "I've got congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy and leaky valves ­— you name it and I've got it," Miller said.


    Chicago Sky scouting report

    Long time, no see! It has been just more than a month since the Sky has been in action, thanks to the WNBA's month-long Olympic break. Center Sylvia Fowles and forward Swin Cash return to Chicago with gold medals after helping the U.S. women defeat France in the championship game.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals


    Cubs scouting report

    The Reds appear to be cruising to the NL Central title. They knocked off the Cubs three of four last weekend at Wrigley Field. Jay Bruce (24 home runs entering Thursday) and Ryan Ludwick (21) have more than picked up the slack for the injured Joey Votto.


    Spellman’s Scorecard: What’s with all these injuries?

    Mike Spellman talks injuries, Urlacher, and of course the Arlington Million in this week's edition of Spellman's Scorecard.

    Jamie Spencer, riding Cape Blanco, won the Arlington Million at Arlington Park in 2011. Who will win this year's race on Saturday? Our experts offer differing opinions.

    Our horse racing experts make their Million Day picks

    With the 30th running of the Arlington Million the main event among four big races Saturday at Arlington Park, we offer a look at the top selections favored by our thoroughbred racing experts: Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek, sports writers Mike Spellman and John Leusch, and a special guest who loves horse racing, Blackhawks announcer and former NHL star Eddie Olczyk.

    Frank Calabrese, who returned to racing at Arlington Park this season, has a strong contender, Romacaca, in Saturday's Beverly D. stakes races.

    Calabrese feeling at home at Arlington again

    Frank C. Calabrese, the dominant owner at Arlington for a decade before a dispute with track officials led to him taking a majority of his string of horses down to Florida a few years back, admits that it's kind of nice being back at the local oval to watch his mare Romacaca compete in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D."Oh, yeah," said Calabrese. "I like Florida, I like the life down there, but I miss my family.


    Kristin Horsey, left, of Astraeus Advisers in Park Ridge and Kathleen Joleaud of Magnetar Capital in Evanston help assemble meals Friday at Priester Aviation in Wheeling

    Suburban execs, employees volunteer to help hungry children

    More than 100 executives and employees from corporations around the Northwest suburbs took a break from work on Friday to pack meals for hungry children a world away. Priester Aviation teamed with Feed My Starving Children to host a two-day mobile packing event in Wheeling.

    Bloomberg News/Feb. 2, 2011 A Motorola Mobility Xoom tablet.

    Motorola files new case against Apple

    Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility unit said it filed a new patent-infringement case against Apple Inc. claiming that features on some Apple devices, including the Siri voice-recognition program, infringe its patents.

    Associated Press Trader Thomas Lyden, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poorís 500 Index halting its longest rally since 2010.

    The least loved day is also the market’s worst

    Monday is the only day the stock market is more likely to fall than to rise.

    Associated Press/Feb 29, 2012 A Stockton city worker walks away from city hall in Stockton, Calif.

    Moody’s says more California cities risk bankruptcy

    "To summarize, we expect ... more bankruptcy filings and bond defaults among California cities reflecting the increased risk to bondholders as investors are asked to contribute to plans for closing budget gaps," Moody's report said.

    The Groupon logo etched in glass is shown in the lobby of the online coupon company’s Chicago offices.

    Groupon stock caps off a week of lows

    The online deals company issued a lackluster quarterly report after the market closed on Monday. Since Tuesday, the stock has hit a new low every day.

    Associated Press Specialists Thomas Bishop, left, and Michael Pistillo work Tuesday at their post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks up slightly on strong retail results

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 25 points to close at 13,275. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose almost three points to close at 1,418. The Nasdaq rose 14 points to close at almost 3,077.

    The Caterpillar headquarters in Montgomery, Ill.

    Joliet Cat workers ratify deal

    Nearly 800 striking workers at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in Joliet ratified a new contract Friday with the heavy equipment manufacturer after spending months on the picket line.

    Tom Claxton, campus president at Computer Systems Institute in Elgin, came to education after working as a networking engineer. CSI offers an eight-month computer networking course he said is state of the industry, with a curriculum that includes training from display boards like the ones pictured here that feature circuitry of many different electronic devices. CSI also offers health care and business career training programs.

    Elgin career training helps students young and old

    Computer Systems Institute recently completed its first year of operation in Elgin. CSI's first campus opened in 1996 in Skokie with satellites added in Chicago, Lombard, Gurnee and Elgin. Students fresh out of high school through near retirement now take courses in computer networking, business and clinical and administrative health care.

    The government is changing the terms of its bailout agreement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way that will shrink the holdings of the two mortgage giants more quickly and will require payment to the government of all quarterly profits the companies earn.

    Treasury changes Fannie and Freddie bailout deal

    The government is changing the terms of its bailout agreement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way that will shrink the holdings of the two mortgage giants more quickly and will require payment to the government of all quarterly profits the companies earn. The Treasury Department announced the changes Friday in an effort to deal with concerns that the companies could at some point exhaust the federal support they were guaranteed in 2008.

    Proposed site for an economic incentive plan to bring a Fresh Farms International Market grocery to the Cambridge Commons shopping center in Buffalo Grove.

    Buffalo Grove weighs incentives to land Fresh Farms

    Fresh Farms International Market is eyeing the former Dominick's site at Buffalo Grove and Dundee roads for a new grocery store, and the Buffalo Grove village board will consider an economic incentive plan at its Sept. 10 meeting. "(Cambridge Commons) has been a tired shopping center for a long, long time," Village President Jeffrey Braiman said. "I think it will help not only that shopping center but also the entire corridor."


    St. Charles cracks down on another troubled subdivision

    Yet another would-be subdivision in St. Charles has run into disrepair. After a lot of threats, city officials will cash in an $80,000 letter of credit from the owners of the Artesian Springs subdivision. There is some basic infrastructure that was never completed that the city will now complete with the money from the letter of credit. In the bigger picture, problems like this are what make aldermen more and more cautious about approving any new subdivisions, including the Corporate Reserve project.


    Feds checking Nissan Versa air bag problem

    U.S. safety regulators are investigating the Nissan Versa subcompact car because an air bag may fail to inflate in crashes. The probe affects about 100,000 Versas from the 2012 model year.


    Measure of U.S. economy rose 0.4 percent in July

    A measure of future U.S. economic activity recovered in July following a sharp drop in June, providing further evidence of an economy that is regaining some momentum. The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading economic indicators increased 0.4 percent in July after falling 0.4 percent in June. The July strength came from an improvement in a number of components with the largest contributions coming from a big jump in applications for housing permits and declines in applications for unemployment benefits.


    Apple stock hits new high after 4-month dip

    Apple's stock has hit a new high after a four-month swoon, as investors are looking ahead to the release of a new iPhone model, and possibly a smaller iPad. Already the world's most valuable company, Apple Inc. saw its stock hit $644.13 in morning trading Friday, before retreating to $642.


    Caterpillar to idle East Peoria plant for week

    Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. is planning a temporary layoff at its East Peoria plant later this year.The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that Caterpillar plays to idle a large portion of its work force in East Peoria for a week.

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level consistent with modest gains in hiring.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications up by only 2,000

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. Unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. The less volatile four-week average fell by 5,500 to 363,750. That was the lowest level since late March.


    C. Ind. city seeking new Nestle production line

    Leaders of a central Indiana city are trying to persuade Nestle to pick it for a new production line that could add about 100 jobs.


    World stocks up on US housing data, Cisco earnings

    Encouraging signs about the U.S. housing market and strong earnings from U.S. tech giant Cisco helped lift global stock markets Friday.


    Oil price drops to near $95 a barrel

    Oil prices fell Friday after news reports suggested the U.S. might tap its strategic reserves to slow the rising price of oil. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 42 cents to $95.18 per barrel at midday in London in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.27 to finish at $95.60 per barrel in New York on Thursday.

    Macy’s Inc. is suing rival retailer J.C. Penney Co., claiming Penney’s bid to sell products by Martha Stewart Living is a breach of an exclusive contract held by Macy’s and could cost it potentially billions in sales.

    Macy’s sues JC Penney over Martha Stewart deal

    Macy's Inc. is suing rival retailer J.C. Penney Co., claiming Penney's bid to sell products by Martha Stewart Living is a breach of an exclusive contract held by Macy's and could cost it potentially billions in sales.


    White House offers states $470M for roads, bridges

    The Obama administration will make nearly half a billion dollars in unspent highway funds available to states that promise to use the money to create jobs and improve transportation.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will announce Friday that more than $470 million will be made immediately available for projects such as repairing crumbling roads and bridges, a White House official said.

    Gap Inc. reported a 29 percent increase in second-quarter net income, evidence the fashion retailer’s moves to liven up its clothing with brightly colored trendy looks are winning over shoppers.

    Gap’s 2Q profit up 29 percent

    Gap Inc. reported a 29 percent increase in second-quarter net income, evidence the fashion retailer's moves to liven up its clothing with brightly colored trendy looks are winning over shoppers.Gap, which operates stores under its namesake, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta, also raised its full-year profit guidance for the second time since May. The forecast, however, still fell short of analysts' expectations.

    RiffTrax members, from left: Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy crack wise on stage during a screening of the 1962 movie ìJack the Giant Killerî at a Nashville, Tenn.

    Movie riffs making comeback from theaters to clubs

    Scenes of Tom Cruise filled the big screen, but the moviegoers packed inside a Missouri theater focused their attention on the action playing out away from the film: Three local actors and comics cracking jokes about the star's height, his fervent belief in Scientology and some of his cinematic shortcomings.

    The Justice Department on Thursday approved Verizon Wireless’ $3.9 billion purchase of wireless spectrum from four of the nation’s largest cable companies but applied conditions to the deal to protect consumers from reduced competition and higher prices.

    Justice Dept approves Verizon-cable deals

    The Justice Department on Thursday approved Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of wireless spectrum from four of the nation's largest cable companies but applied conditions to the deal to protect consumers from reduced competition and higher prices.Most significantly, the agency said it will not allow Verizon Wireless stores to sell TV and broadband services from the cable companies — Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox — in areas where Verizon sells its own TV and broadband service.

    Misquamicut, R.I., Fire Chief Louis Misto, left, holds a line attached to the EMILY remote-control lifesaving device as it propels itself in the water and away from the shore at Old Town Beach, in Westerly, R.I.

    Next wave in rescues: Remote-control ‘lifeguards’

    Think of a lifeguard and you might conjure up images of sunburned teenagers working a summer job. A new and relatively inexpensive lifesaving device could change that. Meet EMILY, a remote-controlled lifeguard. It looks like a buoy, but it's a small watercraft fitted with a flotation device. It can go up to 22 mph and can get to people more quickly, and in some cases more safely, than any human.

    Pebble Technology founder Eric Migicovsky wearing the Pebble watch, in New York.

    Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars

    A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more. In April, three-person startup Pebble Technology sought to raise $100,000 to make 1,000 wristwatches that can be programmed with different clock faces.

Life & Entertainment

    Tom Weston-Jones stars as Detective Kevin Corcoran in “Copper” premiering Sunday.

    2 Westerns take fresh approach to familiar territory

    The Western is tradition more than time or place. It's a staging area for heroic action and everyday angst. It's modern life seen through a rearview mirror, the past made present and vice versa. Now two series, "Hell on Wheels" (on AMC) and "Copper" (BBC America), are spinning their respective yarns from that same era. They, too, feel familiar yet fresh.

    Herb Hunter marks his 25th year as announcer of the Chicago Air & Water Show.

    Air & Water Show announcer shows he's true blue

    For a quarter century, Herb Hunter has been the voice of the Chicago Air & Water Show, a popular lakefront tradition. And, he says, he'll keep at it as long as organizers want him. "Announcing will never be just a job," he says.

    Actress Jenny McCarthy says she is no longer romantically involved with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

    Jenny McCarthy splits with Brian Urlacher

    Former Playboy Playmate and actress Jenny McCarthy says she is no longer romantically involved with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. McCarthy, who is from suburban Chicago, released a statement Friday that said: "Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship. I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him."

    Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas pretends to talk on the phone while posing for photos on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Alex Katz)

    Winning gymnasts tackle celebrity spotlight

    They've been on a whirlwind tour since the Olympics — from "Late Night with David Letterman" to the Empire State Building and the New York Stock Exchange — but gold-medal gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber have one more stop to make before they can truly take a breath: the White House.

    The late singer/actress Whitney Houston plays a mother in the musical remake of “Sparkle.”

    ‘Sparkle’ shines as a second chance

    Some of those who worked with Whitney Houston on her last movie are finding inspiration in the performance by the long-struggling singer, who they say delivers the bittersweet message that everyone deserves a second chance — an opportunity to sparkle. Friday marks the debut of the remake of "Sparkle" in which Houston stars as the mother of a family of girls in Detroit who form a Motown-era singing group and struggle with fame and addiction.

    The self-titled second album for country music duo Love and Theft — Stephen Barker Liles, left, and Eric Gunderson — came out last month.

    Country duo Love and Theft start over, yet again

    The members of country duo Love and Theft view the last few years as addition by subtraction. First, they lost their record label. Then Brian Bandas, the third member of their trio, quit. But with a new deal with RCA Nashville and the release of their self-titled second album, Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles love their new lives. "We have the same goals and visions with what we want to do with our band," Liles said.

    A modern-day musical scholar (Janet Ulrich Brooks, left) works to figure out why Beethoven (Deerfield's Terry Hamilton) devoted so much time and energy to his “Diabelli Variations” in TimeLine Theatre's “33 Variations.”

    Suburban actor explores Beethoven's torment in TimeLine's '33 Variations'

    Actor Terry Hamilton has gotten used to playing some pretty complex characters -- including traitor Benedict Arnold, famed physicist Niels Bohr and disgraced former President Richard Nixon. Now the Deerfield actor is slated to play another larger-than-life man — Ludwig Van Beethoven — in TimeLine Theatre's production of "33 Variations."


    Training is key to a home inspection career

    Q. I am an active duty service member stationed in California. After my discharge, I would like to start my own home inspection business and was hoping you could offer some advice to someone entering this field.


    Maintaining your water hose can be quite simple

    A water hose is a simple device, but if not properly maintained, it can cost you more to use than it's worth. If it leaks, then you should make repairs ASAP. Most are easy, cost very little and will save water.


    Bargain homes at tax-deed sales can be difficult to find

    Some good homes are available at tax-deed sales, but chances of picking one up for just a few thousand dollars are slim.


    Company offers mortgage lenders an alternative to credit scores

    Do you ever get the feeling that your credit score doesn't adequately portray your true risk as an applicant for a home mortgage?


    What’s new in theaters
    Steel Beam Theatre's look at the life and contributions of Benjamin Franklin; Profiles Theatre's Midwest premiere of the Sept. 11 drama "Sweet and Sad;" Mary-Arrchie's annual theater festival and Sideshow Theatre's "Idomoneus" are among the Chicago area productions opening this week.

    Jordin Sparks became the title character in the remake of the 1976 musical “Sparkle” when her music career was in flux and she looked to her passion for acting.

    Sparks balancing love of singing, acting

    When most singers make the leap from recording artist to movie star, it's usually a well-calculated career maneuver that requires show-business acumen from an army of agents, acting coaches, managers and publicists. However, for bubbly sixth season "American Idol" champion Jordin Sparks, the jump from stage to screen just, well, kinda happened.


    Local theater: ‘Sirens’ coming to Pheasant Run
    Marriott Theatre's revival of the musical "Dreamgirls;" Fox Valley Repertory's "Sirens," a comedy about navigating matrimony's dangerous waters and Circle Theatre's production of Scott McPherson's family drama "Marvin's Room" are among the suburban productions opening this week.

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com The Haryan Farms neighborhood is within short walking distance to downtown restaurants and parks in Grayslake’s Village Center.

    Haryan Farms is a classic suburban neighborhood

    Haryan Farms neighborhood in Grayslake


    What to do if your weeds are out of control

    Q. We have many weeds in our garden. It has gotten out of control. My husband tries to pull them out but we cannot keep up. We do not want to use chemicals. Is there another way to clear several square feet of weeds?



    Editorial: The balance between transparency and privacy

    A Daily Herald calls for transparency in government that also ensures personal information of citizens won't be compromised.


    Obama’s betrayal

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The most vivid accusation (made by a PAC closely associated with the Obama campaign) is that Mitt Romney's ruthless business practices were responsible for the closing of a firm, the loss of a couple's health insurance, and thus the death of a woman from cancer.


    Forced to leave popcorn at the door
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Now there are two factors about popcorn that we consider when going to the movies. First, they usually use coconut oil, and second, it costs too much.


    Social Security problems are real
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: How ironic that in the same issue that the Daily Herald published Sen. Durbin's head-in-the-sand (It's worked for 80 years what can go wrong?) support of the current Social Security program in Fence Post the front page featured an Associated Press headline, "Social Security under siege."


    Democrats’ tactics are disturbing
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: Is anyone else disturbed with the tone of the Democrats attacks?


    Coolidge wrong on U.S. budget
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Our debt ceiling is outrageously high now, and we don't need another tax and spend Democrat in Congress to make it even worse.


    Blame it on the liberal media
    A Roselle letter to the editor: It seems that Joe Walsh is offending a different group every day. It must be the fault of the liberal media for listening to what he says.


    Bad placement of Boy Scout articles
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I am extremely offended that you would put an article about Boy Scouts returning their medals due to the ban on gays alongside one dealing with a report pedophilia in the organization.


    Mandates tying hands of postal service
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: The other day there was a short blurb in the paper about the U.S. Postal Service defaulting on a $5.5 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury Department. I think this needs further explanation in regard to what it is, exactly.


    Dreading the national election
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: Today I received an 8x10 glossy of a presidential candidate, thanking me for being a loyal party supporter. I guess I should feel flattered. I watched the correspondence go through the shredder and only felt irritated.


    Bad golfer should fess up
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: As with all accidents, the golfer who drove a ball through the back window of my car should pay for the damage. I don't think it's fair that I should be out $389.25 for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.


    Diverse council needed in Geneva
    A Geneva letter to the editor: To be a government "by the people," we need more involvement from diverse interest groups such as residents, property owners and business owners. Career politicians cannot represent Geneva with the best interests of Geneva residents in mind — only a diverse set of Geneva residents can do that.


    ID law would keep people from voting
    A Glenview letter to the editor: Voter photo ID laws were considered in 34 states in 2011 alone, and it is estimated that 11 percent of the population does not have the type of identification required by many of these laws.


    Addiction shouldn’t be a criminal matter
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Our drug education and laws in this country are hypocritical: All drugs are not equally dangerous and all use is not abuse. However, trying to tell your kids that in between commercials for alcohol and erection pills can send a mixed message about our value system and how safety should be a parents' first priority.


    Pledge on Sept. 19 to never text and drive
    A letter to the editor: The next time you get behind the wheel, keep in mind that it's up to you to be responsible and put your phone down — no text is worth dying for.


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